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Wu-Tang members appear along side Teyana Taylor in her latest visual for "Gonna Love Me" remix, available as single, separate from her album, K.T.S.E.
 
Russ Dropped another Zoo visual, this time for "Missin You Crazy".
 
A$AP Rocky dropped the official visual for his single "Tony Tone" from his album, Testing, released in May.

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Travis Scott dropped another subtly "woke" visual for "YOSEMITE", my favorite track off his album ASTROWORLD. Since its release, I have grown to appreciated the album more.
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On the 30th, rapper Meek Mill released his album, Championships. On the 19 track album, Meek covers everything from what sent him to the pin to getting out and questioning what it really means to be free. He talks humble beginnings, guns, crime, and dilemmas of the heart. Championships, in a way, is a personal celebration of beating the odds and coming into clean money. On the project, Meek gets flashy with his lyrics and to really do it big, he drafted artist like of Jay Z, Drake, and Rick Ross, all "Big Tymers" of today. My favorite songs off the project are the intro, "What's Free" and "Dangerous". Championships is available on major streaming platforms.
Nicki released yet another dope visual, this time for her single "Good Form" which feature Lil Wayne. The song can be heard on her Queen album.
On the 30th, Alessia Cara released her sophomore album, Pains of Growing and it is solid. As the title eludes, the project discusses life's experiences that force growth upon us, focusing heavily on love, heartbreak and the depression that may swoop down to overtake us shortly after. On Pains of Growing, As a result, Alessia was forced to overcome abandonment and a wavering self-esteem. The young singer even cries out to the Creator in confusion about ongoing strife over money, fame, and race on "7 days", a song I really enjoy amongst others such as "I Don't Want to", "All We Know", "Comfortable", and "Nintendo Game". The album is surely Pop, but Alessia's rich husky voice and the projects instrumentation gives Pains of Growing a 60's edge. The album is available on major streaming platforms.
Days ago, Chance The Rapper released two singles "My Own Thing" which features 2 Chainz and "The Man Who Has Everything". From the sound and look of it, both songs are tracks from Chances infamous album in the works.
Trey Songz released a sexy double sided album entitled 11/28, side 11 for slower vibes and side 28 for more up tempo vibes.

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The Black Eye Peas released an attention grabbing visual for their single, "YES OR NO", which is already a political statement on its own. The single is feature on their album, MASTERS OF THE SUN Vol. 1.
Ariana Grande released another Sweetener visual, this time for her single, "Breathin", a song about finding comfort in another's encouraging words.

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On the 2nd, legendary producer, Swizz Beats, released his highly anticipated album Poison, a metaphor for the longstanding effects of growing up in a project environment. On the album Swizz merges each coasts allowing Kendrick and Wayne to join some of East Coast most influential Hip-Hop artist; however, the project as a whole has an upstate sound. On Poison, each artist is given the mic rehash their hood tragedies and to shed light on how PTS shaped their minds. The album itself (and music in general) is their place of refuge. Poison is available on major streaming platforms.
Earlier this week, Tyga dropped his single "Dip" which features his label mate, Nicki Minaj.
Jay Rock released a visual for "Wow Freestyle" which features label mate, Kendrick Lamar. The single is off Jay Rock's Redemption album released on June 15th.
 
Pop princess, Ariana Grande, unexpectedly released "thank u, next", an introspective hit on which Ariana explains that her split from ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson is a result of her needing to focus on herself and heal from their split as well as her and Mac Miller's.
 
Gucci, Bruno, and Kodak teamed up to gives us the visual for their super smooth, feel-good trap single entitled "Wake Up In The Sky". In the visual, the unofficial trio channels 60's music.

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On the 26th, The Black Eyed Peas dropped MASTERS OF THE SUN Vol 1, and-- who needs Fergie? I kid, but need I say more? The album is solid expectedly, however I don't think any of us anticipated a traditional Hip-Hop album. The trio has return to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop with MASTERS OF THE SUN Vol 1 incorporating more free flowing verses than anything else accompanied by an occasional kill switch and musical fusion. The whole premise of the album is to wake the masses up. You see, The Black Eyed Peas dropping after a seven year hiatus along side the likes of Nasir and Tribe is an event in itself. Will,i. am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo have returned to encourage humans to pick a side-- metaphorically speaking: choose to take the high road or the low one, or in simpler terms: ascend or continue to live in hell. According to TBEP, if you are not doing your part by aligning you mind, body, and spirit, you are hindering the collective's progression. They remind us to embrace numerology, learn spiritual warfare, kick drug habits, and to love ourselves first, so that we can in return love one another. MASTERS OF THE SUN vol 1 is available on all streaming platforms.
 
A little over a week ago, Lil Wayne dropped a classic visual for his single "Uproar" which features Swizz Beatz. The Single is off his album The Carter V.
 
On the 19th, Future and Juice WRLD dropped a collaborative album, WRLD ON DRUGS. "Transformer" featuring Nicki Minaj is one of sixteen tracks.
 
Buzzing rapper, Kodak Black released a feel good single, "ZeZe" which features Travis Scott and Offset.
 
Migos member, Takeoff, released the official visual for his first solo single, "Last Memory". The song will be featured on his solo album, The Last Rocket, set to drop on Friday, November 2nd.

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Someway, somehow the internet has been graced with new music from TDE’s empress, SZA. While SZA has publicly spoken on a complete project, she has yet to reveal any specifics. What I was able to gather about her upcoming project, an EP supposedly entitled, Honesty, is that it will consist of 5 tracks, 4 of which I was lucky enough to hear (smiles). BUT, because I am a SZA “stan”, I am choosing to share only one of the 5 tracks, the original version of “Love Galore”, which still features Travis Scott. The track list for Honesty is as followed:

  1. Love Galore (Original) feat. Travis Scott

  2. Back Together feat. Mark Ronson & Keith Parker

  3. Passport

  4. Inside Man

  5. Die for You (Weeknd RMX)

    There is no rumored release date, only speculation that the project may be one of a couple TDE projects to drop later this year.

Days ago on the 12th, rap superstar and active member of The Migos, Quavo released his first solo album, Quavo Huncho. The album is a little over an hour long and has some highlights. It includes a variety of sounds and some unexpected features, but overall remains true to the trap genre. On Quavo Huncho, Quavo really gives more of his own perspective. He continues to talk about the fruits of his labor as he does on Migos records, but he gets a little more intimate speaking on his private life; on "Huncho Dreams" he implies that he and Nicki are an item, something that has been questioned in the recent months. The album is available on all streaming platforms.
On the 12th, pop-star, released a new single "I'm Still Here". On it Sia sings about the dark night of the soul and the challenges and tests that arise during the event, all of which have to be conquered and learned from in order reach one's higher self.
On the 11th, UK based four woman band, Little Mix released the official visual for their single "Woman Like Me" which features female rapper Nicki Minaj. The song empowers women to remain true to themselves versus bending at a man's will, even when the innate desire for companionship arises.
On the 12th Usher and trending producer, Zaytoven dropped a collaborative project, entitled "A". On "A" hot commodity, Usher continues his playboy antics-- he messes up, quickly "learns his lesson", grovels at the feet of his love only to later continue his hot pursuit of the abundant women accessible to him. Despite the subjects at hand, the sexy and hip album provides a nice listening experience for women as well, especially if they've left their man in the dog house. Overall the project is solid. "A" is available on major streaming platforms.
On the 10th, pop Princess, Ariana Grande released the official video for her record "Breathin". The visual is very simple and quite abstract, but what I took from it is: no matter what, we should continue to find our way. "Breathin" is off her most recent album Sweetener.

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Earlier this week, soulful pop artist, Alessia Cara released a visual for her new single, “Trust My Lonely”, a song that celebrates sanity over relational stress. The song is her first original since her break out album Know-It-All, which dropped in November of 2015.
On the 5th, Eminem released the official visual for “Venom”, the closing track of his Kamikaze album. The song itself is the unleashing of Eminem's known dark side, brought on by recent industry "beefs".
RnB-pop diva, Mariah Carey, debuted another new track just weeks after sharing "GTFO". While both singles are love songs, "With You" has a much more pleasant message.
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Maxwell returned on the 5th with his new sensual single, "Shame". These past two years, the soul singer has only sporadically released singles, his last full project, blackSUMMERS'night having been released in July of 2016.
Earlier today, the official visual for Lady Gaga's "Look What I Found" went viral. The single is one of thirty-four that can be heard on the A Star is Born soundtrack. Both the soundtrack and musical are collaborative projects of the director, Bradley Cooper and Gaga, who stars in the film. The chaotic love story of two musicians can be viewed at major theaters.
Buzzing artist, Ella Mai and notorious RnB legend Chris Brown tag teamed a new song entitled "Whatchamacallit". The term is used to disguise an obviously illicit affair.

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On the 28th, Marsha Ambrosius, released her third studio project entitled Nyla, and as predicted it is pleasantly sensual. Like her previous works, Marsha speaks on love in developing stages to its corruption on Nyla, and uses her vocal skills to express all the emotions felt in between. What sets this project apart from the others is the soul singer's exploration with native and techno sounds. As always the soul singer has supplied us with plenty of melodies, harmonies, and just outright soul! The project is effortlessly groovy, the impressive production worthy of a good bit of the album's praise. Nyla's jazzy vibes can be felt via major streaming platforms.
On the 28th, Hip-Hop artist Logic released his seventh album, YSIV (Young Sinatra 4). On YSIV, Logic pays homage to music, highlighting specific eras through the incorporation of specific sounds, some of of which are swing, funk, and lo-fi Hip-Hop. While Logic prides himself on being what would be considered an Emcee, he stands by his decision to explore creatively which has caused him to receive backlash. He uses YSIV to matter-of-factly acknowledge listeners concerns; what fans see as "unusual" music selections for Logic are actually just ways of the artist reflecting his personal growth artistically. The rapper still holds day-one messages at the forefront of his platform, continuously spreading positivity by encouraging growth regardless of adversity and unity. Overall, YSIV is solid. The album can be found on all streaming platforms.
Legendary Rapper, Lil Wayne has finally delivered his long awaited album, The Carter V, and to account for our time without it, the album is a lengthy 25 tracks. On The Carter V Wayne brings us up to date on all the things heard about him via the media. The rapper discusses love, suicide attempts, and even betrayal. He also reasserts himself as a major contributor to rap culture. The album is not his best lyrically, but compared to more recent releases by him, it will definitely do. Like many of his other albums he's gives us a variety in sound, including a signature rock track. Notable features include Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scoot, and of course Nicki, however there are some unexpected feature as well. The album is available on all streaming platforms.